Viagra for Women? 5 Ways to Get Sex Going!

Amy Hendel Health Guide
  • Women Start Your Engines!!

     

    Five Ways to Get Sex Going

     

    Are we women getting enough research and treatment attention when it comes to sexual problems?? I don't think so and frankly neither do many experts. Women have few drugs and treatment options and the ones currently available include counseling, a clitoral suction device, and vaginal therapy (you've got me there). According to many women - all they want is what men have - a little blue pill. And women who opt for treating their anxiety or depression with most antidepressants are almost inevitably destined to side effects that may include sexual dysfunction. Who can blame them if they decide to forgo treatment so their sex lives remain vital and intact?

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    In some cases, just switching anti-depressants can relieve the sexual dysfunction side effect. But for some women a dormant sex life suddenly revitalized may not mean orgasm - even if sexual desire and libido return. Well, doctors are now finding that Viagra, Cialis and other male treatments may work for the woman with sexual dysfunction related to anti-depressants. Just remember that many health practitioners have little expertise or knowledge in the area of female sexual dysfunction, so you may have to walk them through current information and options.

     

    Current treatments options for women include:


    1- Impotence drugs like Viagra, Cialis and Levitra
    If you don't live near a large teaching hospital, your biggest challenge may be finding a doctor willing to prescribe these options to a woman.


    2- Testosterone
    Testosterone can help with sex drive and arousal problems. You'll have to use synthetic testosterone "off label" since it has only been approved for men. And you'll have to find a doctor who can play with the doses, since right now the only doses available are in "men size." A good starting place is the American Urological Association.


    3- Arginine
    Arginine is a cream with this amino acid ingredient just might help to increase local blood flow. This is a treatment that only works for some.


    4- Anti- stress herbs
    Women may even be more sensitive to the impact of stress on sexual interest, desire and performance than men. So herbs like astralgus, licorice, panax ginseng, ashwagandha may help diminish stress but you do need to talk to your doctor before using these.


    5- Experimental medication
    There are some in the pipeline but they are few and far between. There are current clinical trials involving some drugs. Fibanserin and bremelanotide work on arousal in the brain center. Agel, Libigel, that boosts testosterone is also in experimental stages.

     

    The National Institute of Health has a list of clinical trials that may be of interest to women with various causes of sexual dysfunction. But the bottom line is that you need to be brave enough to bring up the issues, search for experienced doctors and be proactive. You also have to realize that right now only half of post-menopausal women and 20% of pre-menopausal women get helped by current available therapies.

     

Published On: July 31, 2008